The Return

The Return

A Novel

Book - 2013
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Air and Shadows , the story of one man's fearless quest for revenge among some of the world's most dangerous criminals

Lauded as his #1 favorite book of the year, Stephen King advised President Obama, in the pages of Entertainment Weekly , to pick up Michael Gruber's previous book, The Good Son . With an unforgettable hero, The Return is as exciting and provocative as Gruber's best work.

The real Richard Marder would shock his acquaintances, if they ever met him. Even his wife, long dead, didn't know the real man behind the calm, cultured mask he presents to the world. Only an old army buddy from Vietnam, Patrick Skelly, knows what Marder is capable of. Then a shattering piece of news awakens Marder's buried desire for vengeance, and with nothing left to lose, he sets off to punish the people whose actions, years earlier, changed his life. Uninvited, Skelly shows up and together the two of them raise the stakes far beyond anything Marder could have envisioned.

As Marder and Skelly head toward an apocalypse of their own making, Marder learns that good motives and sense of justice can't always protect the people a man loves. A range of fearsomely real characters, from a brutally violent crime lord to a daringly courageous young woman, a roller-coaster of twists and turns, and a shattering exploration of what constitutes morality in the face of evil, Michael Gruber has once more proven that he is "a gifted and natural storyteller" ( Chicago Tribune ) and shows why he has been called "the Stephen King of crime writing" ( The Denver Post ).

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780805091298
0805091297
Branch Call Number: FIC Grube
Characteristics: 366 p.

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Eil_1
Aug 31, 2016

Excellent read!

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harolddarling
Apr 22, 2015

Outstanding book that reminds one that life it is never too late to lead a passionate life. Michael Gruber's is a powerful writer whose books deserve a 2nd read.

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bfpeterson
Dec 23, 2013

good read with losts of current cultural info on mexico and the narcobusiness. interesting connection between americans in vietnam and current mexican political social situation

grandquilter Oct 27, 2013

First time reading this author and am impressed. Couldn't put it down all weekend. Interesting read. Loved it!

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